Greeting - Basic

Greeting - Basic

11/08/2021 // English

There are many ways to greet someone. We'll learn about the most common way to greet someone in this lesson. I'll give a variety of example sentences.

In any situation when using the English language, there will be times that you are required to greet someone and it is therefore very important that you have this type of vocabulary under your belt. In this article, we will be looking at various greetings that can be used in a variety of situations when conversing with English speaking people.

Greeting someone you never met

"Hi, my name is Steve. It's nice to meet you."
You can respond to this by saying,
"It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Jack."

Another common question to ask is

"What do you do for a living?"

You can respond to this by saying,

"I work at a restaurant."
"I work at a bank."
"I work in a software company."
"I'm a dentist."

Usually, you will not need to ask for a name. It is implied that each person should say their name. But in case they don't, you can ask,

"What is your name?"

Many times, I don't hear the name. If you would like for them to repeat their name, you can say,

"What was that again?"
"Excuse me?"
"Pardon me?"

Formal Greeting

When meeting someone under formal circumstances such as in a business meeting or meeting an important person for the first time, you might use some of these more formal greetings. If you are ever in any sort of doubt as to whether you should use a formal or informal greeting, it is always better to opt for the formal to avoid causing offence. If the situation calls for an informal greeting, the other speaker will likely signal this.

  • Hello Mary!
  • Hello.
  • How are you?
  • Good moring.
  • Good afternoon.
  • Good evening.
  • What are you doing?
  • It’s nice to meet you.
  • How is it going?
  • How are you doing?
  • Good to see you.
  • It is a pleasure to meet you.
  • How do you do?
  • It’s an honor to meet you.
  • Nice to meet you.

Informal Greeting

There are many more informal greetings in English than there are formal ones and this is because most situations call for a more laid back tone. We are now going to take a look at some informal greetings which you can use with English speaking friends, family or anyone else that you are familiar with.

  • Hey!
  • What’s up?
  • Howdy!
  • How are ya?
  • Hi!
  • What’s new?
  • What’s going on?
  • How is it going?
  • How are things?
  • What’s up?
  • How is everything?
  • How’s life?
  • Long time no see!

Greetings and the responses examples

Greetings Responses
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good evening
  • How nice to see you!
  • Hello!
  • How are you?
  • How do you do?
  • How're you going?
  • Hi!
  • What's new?
  • What's up?
  • What's going on?
  • What's shaking
  • How's it going?
  • How life?
  • How's everything?
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good evening
  • Yes, it's been so nice!
  • Hello!
  • Fine, thanks!
  • How do you do?
  • Not bad!
  • Hi!
  • Not much.
  • I just finished work.
  • I'm going on vacation next week.
  • I bought an Ipad 
  • Pretty good
  • Great!
  • I'm OK